Worlds Quickest Review~ The Izzy Top

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So yeah…this pattern is free.
In all sizes offered.
And it’s amazing.

The printing, the taping, the cutting, the sewing. All wonderful. And QUICK.

I’m always amazed by people who offer free patterns to us. It feels like a really great gift. I have spent tonight looking at some of her other patterns and will be trying…well, probably all of them.

Check out that metal snap..don’t ya love it? It’s perfect on a Superhero Izzy!

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Go right now and download this..you won’t regret it!!

Looking Back…Moving Forward with Purpose

imageI can’t believe 2013 is coming to a close.

It hardly seems possible. Time really does fly.

Celebrated more birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.

Enjoyed a family vacation to Florida. Said sad goodbyes to loved ones.

Sewed. Sewed a lot. Then sewed some more. Started Full of Grace Boutique.

Enjoyed selling to some really great people. Enjoyed giving even more.

Invested time.

Sweet, precious time.

Looking back, it was a good year. Another year, full of days, that I was blessed to take another breath. To get another good morning kiss from my husband. To see my son, transforming before my very eyes, into a young man. To smell the sweetness of my 3 year old girl, fresh from her bubbly bath. I’m blessed, there is no doubt about it.

Moving forward, full of hope, into 2014. What will it bring? That, I’m not positive. Only God knows. But I am moving forward with a purpose. And that is to invest my time, my precious time, into my faith and family. It’s what I’m called to do. I’m a wife and a mother, before anything else. When my kids think of what is most important to their mom,  I want their answer to be…”ME, I AM!!” Not…”hmm..sewing maybe?”.

I’ve been asking myself, what do they see me do with my time?..Do I turn on the tv? The computer? The sewing machine? My phone?

Or…do I sit and play a game with them. Play dolls with Grace. Do a puzzle with Austin. Read a book to them.

I know the answer…and more times than not, it’s not what I want it to be.

So..I’m moving forward with PURPOSE. Purpose and a lot of PRAYER.

Will I still sew? Of course.

Will it be frequently? Probably not.

Will I still sell? No.

Will I still give? Yes.

Will I ignore any time for myself? Umm no.

Will MOST of my time be spent on my family? Yes. And happily so.

Praying for a purposeful year. A God honoring year. A New Year.

Happy 2014!!

Lalaloopsy Love ~ Peanut Big Top Rag Doll

Peanut Doll

Isn’t she cute?

I’ve been wanting to make Grace a Lalaloopsy doll FOR EV ER. The store bought ones are cute and all, but come on. These are supposed to be RAG DOLLS. Rag dolls are sewn. With love.

So, when I found this adorable doll pattern over at Dolls and Daydreams , I knew it would be perfect!! Her dolls are amazing. Excellent instructions and endless possibilities. With a few minor changes, you can easily make yourself…err, your girl, a Lalaloopsy doll. ;)

Grace loves this doll. It was intended to be a Christmas gift..but I couldn’t resist giving it to her this morning when she woke up. And it was worth it, because she loves it and instantly knew it was Peanut. <3

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Peanut 2

These are perfect gifts, you need to make some. :)

A New Love…Oliver + S Patterns

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Why?

Why has it taken me so long to purchase a pattern from O+S?

Don’t you love this dress? Isn’t it amazing? Such a classic look!! I’m totally in love, can you tell?

You know the saying, this isn’t your grandmothers dress…or pattern. (that isn’t a saying?? well, it is now)  WELL…that doesn’t pertain to this pattern.

What am I talking about? Let me clarify. This pattern is so well written, put together so perfectly, that it would have to get the seal of approval from every seamstress that has been sewing for 70 years. There’s no short cuts here folks. It’s a labor of love, and it is well worth it!!

Stairs

This is the School Photo Dress. (hence the red apple…cute eh?)

It has a  fully lined, a-line body.

Very retro above the knee length.

It features a perfect little “hidden pocket” on the front seams. Perfect for toting around your favorite

Lalaloopsy dolls.

Bias bound 3/4 length sleeves. (few different options)

Dainty ruffle neckline, shown here. (again, another option for neckline as well)

Fully hidden zipper in back of dress. You will not find better zip instructions, I promise.

So….I took about 200 pictures of her today in this dress…because as I mentioned, I love it.

Here are a few!!

Pocket Shot

Great little pocket shot!!

Squat

Classic dress, and super comfortable!

Pocket Tacking

Tacking at pockets for extra support. Cute little bias bound sleeves.

Sky is the limit

What’s up there?? The cute dress is down here!!

BAck of

Invisible Zip!!

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Another zip shot!

Love that neckline!! And that face..isn’t it adorable?? :)

 

So, I’m here to say, if you haven’t tried any O+S patterns, yet…get on it. You won’t regret it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trending…Upcycles

So…what are your thoughts on this cute little trend? I can’t decide to be honest. I love the idea of bringing life to a plain old tshirt. I love that my daughter loves her new Lalaloopsy dress. I don’t generally love character print anything. Here in lies my dilemma. Ha!

I think I need to go find some really vintage shirts and try again. But I think the real draw of these dresses are the familiar prints the kids love.

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So…do you all love these? Hate these? Could care less about these? Would like to see them for sale?

Let me know!!

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DIY Boot Cuffs

Boot Warmers

 

Can you take the cuteness of these little legs wearing these warm and fuzzy boot warmers?? If you have an old sweater..(I happened to have one that might have been a little too small…boo) then you can make these!! Just a few steps and some very basic sewing!

 

1. Cut off the sleeves, using the cuff of the sleeve for the top of the warmer.

2. Fold the sweater under where you just cut, and zig zag stitch that puppy down. Or else it will unravel you won’t have a boot cuff for very long. ;)

3. Sew your favorite button on.

4. Slap on your favorite boots (or your girls) and TADA!! You look amazing.

 

I used a small sweater, so I didn’t have to adjust the fit at all. They fit my 3 year old legs perfectly. Larger sweaters would be perfect for mom. I’m making myself some next.

 

Also…if this is just too much for you to tackle….in other words you don’t have a sewing machine, I am going to be listing some super cute boot cuffs in my Etsy shop soon too!  They won’t be recycled, but they will be completely adorable, affordable, cuteness for your bootness. Hehe.

Here is a sneak peak..

Boot Cuffs for Sale

 

I’ll have some to match items in my shop, and some just for every day…navy, mustard, ivory, black, grey. :)

Happy Fall ya’ll!!

Little Review of the Disco Party Dress Pattern, by Ainslee FOX Boutique Patterns

Hey all!! It’s been a “little” while since I’ve blogged. ;) But I’m back today to share a really great pattern!!

This is the Disco Party Dress, by Ainslee Fox Handmade.

This pattern is considered intermediate, and I would say that is accurate. It has some hand sewing, and it calls for either a button closure or zipper. Now, I’m normally the first person to choose button, or even shy away from a pattern because of even the WORD zipper. ;) But I bit the bullet on this one, and went with the zipper. I am SO glad I did. I had never sewn a zipper into a dress, and this gave really great directions. I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought her method of installing the zipper was wonderful, very smooth.

The dress took me around 3 hours to finish, that was with hand sewing the lining down to skirt and zipper.

I wanted to try the pattern again, without any hand sewing. (I do enjoy hand sewing, but it isn’t always feasible for me…because I’m lazy) So, I made it again, and machine sewed the lining down, on the skirt and the zipper. I was please with this way as well, but I do think hand sewing gives it a much better look, with out the stitches showing and all.

Dress made with NO hand stitching, please ignore the fact I haven’t top stitched the bodice yet. ;)

Overall, I was so very pleased with this pattern. It was excellently written, had great pictures, I learned several new sewing tricks I wasn’t aware of, and it’s ADORABLE.

One thing that I loved was when printing out the pattern pieces, was several pieces were on their own piece of paper. Meaning I didn’t have to tape 12 pieces together because the tiny bodice was spread across 4 pieces of paper. Grr..I’m not a fan of that. So…I love the printing and cutting of this pattern, it went very quickly.

So, while this my be intermediate, I think an advanced beginner could nail it, no problem.

Great pattern, and can’t wait for more!!